Glowing Plant

Glowing Plant

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A 3 enzyme pathway coding for fungal bioluminescence, codon optimized for Nicotiana benthamiana in MoClo-compatible high-copy ampicillin resistance backbones. 

One of the most requested and inspiring biotech projects has been to make glowing plants. Recently, a group out of Moscow has successfully created a glowing plant that is visible with the naked eye. They were able to do this by using the fungal bioluminescence pathway instead of the bacterial bioluminescence pathway, which increased the efficiency of light production in these eukaryotic organisms. 

To learn more, please see the submitted FreeGenes memo, synthesis memos, and other docs:glowing_plant_memo.docxglowing_plant_synthesis_memo.pdf,  

This distribution comprises of {13} genetic parts. {7} of these parts are Luz and Luz alternatives, the main light producing enzyme. {3} of these parts are 2 enzymes that complete the biosynthetic pathway necessary to sustain light production. 1 enzyme, HispS, has been split into 2 parts because it was too large for synthesis directly. It can be put back together with BglII or BsaI with the overhang sequence of GATC. The remaining {3} parts are vector components to put test these genes quickly while a FreeGenes Plant toolkit is put together.

Full history of modifications are available in the snapgene files in Genbank files are also provided in The exact sequences ordered from Twist are available in glowing_plant_order.csv. The genes are flanked by experimentally validated orthogonal primer pairs, and a I-SceI barcode. Full set of primer pairs for all FreeGenes parts are in a git repo. Detailed information on changes can be found in the

Quality control documentation is also attached <todo>.

# IP Rights
Planta has filed a provisional patent for use of Luz in plants, and so materials are provided as research use only.